Trophy Red River Catfish


(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>WE’RE IN A PLACE WHERE THE GUIDES LITERALLY MEASURE THE DAY’S SUCCESS BY THE TON. THERE’S NOT TOO MANY PLACES WHERE YOU CAN CATCH FISH OVER 10 POUNDS, A FISH OVER 20 POUNDS A POSSIBILITY. IT’S NOT UNCOMMON; IT’S NOT UNHEARD OF FOR A BOAT TO PUT IN WITH 500 POUNDS OF FISH IN THE BOAT. WE’RE ON THE RED RIVER OF THE NORTH AND THE CHANNEL CATFISH ARE MANAGED AS A TROPHY FISHING OPPORTUNITY. THERE’S NOT MANY PLACES WHERE YOU CAN CATCH FISH THIS BIG AND IT’S AN INCREDIBLE ANGLING EXPERIENCE.>>MR. CATFISH, BRAD DURICK, HOW YOU DOING?>>JASON MITCHELL, HOW ARE YA?>>GREAT TO SEE YOU AGAIN.>>GOOD TO HAVE YOU BACK.>>YOU KNOW THE LAST TIME WE WERE UP HERE WE FISHED RIGHT BELOW THE DAM HERE. IT WAS INCREDIBLE. I MEAN, IN PROBABLY A THREE HOUR STRETCH WE CAUGHT SEVERAL FISH, YOU KNOW, SOME OF THE FISH UP IN THE MID-20S. UNBELIEVABLE FISHING.>>IT WAS LITERALLY DOZENS THAT MORNING.>>OH, AND THAT’S THE THING. WHEN YOU COME UP HERE, YOU HAVE TO TIGHTEN DOWN YOUR ROD HOLDERS.>>AND HANG ON.>>ALL RIGHT, LET’S GO DO IT. THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE FISHING EXPERIENCE.>>WELL, I’M DRAWN TO CATFISH BECAUSE IT’S A, IT’S A HUGE FIGHT. I MEAN, THERE’S NOT A BETTER BATTLE IN THE NORTH COUNTRY THAN A GOOD ANGRY CATFISH IN SOME HEAVY CURRENTS. THIS ALL STARTED OUT ABOUT CATCHING BIG FISH AND NOW PROBABLY MY GREATEST JOY IS WATCHING SOMEBODY WHO HAS NEVER TUSSLED WITH A BIG ONE GET THAT FIRST ONE, THAT FISH OF A LIFETIME THAT JUST BEATS THEM UP. AND, YOU KNOW, THEY JUST TOOK A BEATING AND THEY’RE HAPPY ABOUT IT WHEN IT’S ALL OVER. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>I’VE BEEN FISHING THE RED RIVER FOR OVER 15 YEARS NOW. I’VE BEEN A PROFESSIONAL GUIDE SINCE 2008. I’M THE ONLY FULL-TIME GUIDE ON THE U.S. STRETCH OF THE RIVER. I COVER THE GRAND FORKS STRETCH AND THEN THE DRAYTON STRETCH.>>YOU KNOW, THESE FISH, THEY CAN GET BIG AND A LOT OF, IN A LOT OF CASES THESE FISH ARE PRETTY OLD. IT TAKES A LONG TIME FOR SOME OF THESE CHANNEL CATFISH IN THE RED RIVER OF THE NORTH TO REACH THAT TROPHY STATUS. AND SO CIRCLE HOOKS ARE JUST A GREAT TOOL BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE TO LET THE SWALLOW THE HOOK. BASICALLY WITH THESE SOFT-TIP RODS, YOU PUT THE ROD IN THE ROD HOLDER AND USUALLY YOU’RE GONNA HOOK THAT FISH RIGHT IN THE CORNER OF THE MOUTH. WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE IS WE’RE JUST THREADING ON, THESE ARE JUST LITTLE WHISKER TEARDROPS AND JUST BASICALLY WHAT YOU DO IS YOU SLIDE THAT UP THE FRONT OF YOUR HOOK. YOU CAN SQUEEZE SCENT IN HERE TO ADD A LITTLE BIT OF EXTRA FLAVOR AND TASTE, AND IT’S ALL ABOUT SMELL FOR THESE BIG CATFISH.>>YEAH, WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO IS LOOK FOR STAGING FISH THAT ARE GETTING READY TO FEED. SO YOU’RE GOING TO GO UP AROUND THE CORNER AND THEN START IMAGING BOTH SIDES. YOU SHOULD SEE SOME FISH IN THE CHANNEL RUNNING AND YOU SHOULD SEE SOME RIGHT UP ON THE BANK IN THE VERY SHALLOW WATER JUST SITTING AND WE’RE GONNA TRY TO FISH JUST BOTH AT THE SAME TIME. SEE HOW THE BANK’S DUCKED IN AND CURVED IN AND THEN COMING OUT TO A POINT?>>YEP.>>THAT’S CREATING LITTLE HOLES UNDER THE WATER IN FRONT OF AND BEHIND POINTS AND THAT’S WHERE THEY’RE STAGING UP SHALLOW. THEN THERE’S A MAIN CHANNEL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RIVER THAT THEY’RE TRAVELING ON. SO WE’RE KIND OF TRYING TO CATCH THEM BOTH WAYS IN HERE.>>I TELL YOU WHAT, THIS SIDE IMAGING HAS REALLY CHANGED FISHING ON A RIVERS WHERE YOU CAN CRUISE ALONG THESE RIVER BANKS AND JUST LOOK RIGHT UP INTO THE BANK. AND I DON’T KNOW, THERE’S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT CATFISH TO ME THAT MAKE THEM SHOW UP SO WELL ON SONAR. I MEAN, I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S JUST THE WIDTH OF THEIR HEAD, JUST THE SKULL THAT THEY HAVE, BUT THEY JUST, TO ME, THEY JUST GLOW ON SIDE IMAGINING AND THEY REALLY POP OUT. THERE’S, THERE’S SOME FISH RIGHT HERE.>>SHOULD WE JUST START RIGHT UP AT THE TOP OF THIS HERE?>>WHENEVER YOU’RE READY, CAPTAIN. (WATER SPLASH) THE CATFISH EVOLVE. THEY’RE ALWAYS HUNTING, BUT EVERYTHING THEY DO IS BASED ON WATER TEMPERATURE. WE WERE USING FRESH CUT BECAUSE THE CATS ARE ACTIVELY HUNTING. WHEN THE ICE IS COMING OFF THE RIVER WE ACTIVELY PREFER FROZEN BAIT FROM LAST YEAR WITH A LITTLE BIT OF FREEZER BURN ON IT BECAUSE THEY’RE SCROUNGING AROUND THE EDGE OF THE LAKES AND RIVERS LOOKING FOR WHATEVER DIED UNDER THE ICE AND IS WASHING UP. THEIR TASTES ARE GONNA CHANGE. WHEN THE GOLDEYE START SPAWNING IN JUNE OR EARLY JULY THEY MIGHT START SWITCHING OVER TO THE GOLDEYES A LITTLE MORE. BY FALL, THEY’LL BE BACK ON TO SUCKERS PRIMARILY. HOWEVER, THEY WILL TAKE ALL THREE OF THE BAITS ALL YEAR LONG; JUST SOME WEEKS SOME ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS.>>THIS HERE IS THE SECRET SAUCE. A LITTLE STINKER’S PRODUCT JUST ADDS A BUNCH OF SCENT. THEN BELOW THAT JUST PUT A LITTLE BIT OF STEAK ON THERE, A LITTLE SUCKER STEAK. HOW CAN ANY, HOW CAN ANYBODY RESIST THAT? (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>YOU SEE HERE WE’VE GOT A THREE OUNCE NO-ROLL SINKER. SEE HOW FLAT IT IS. THE WHOLE PREMISE IS WE DON’T WANT THAT WEIGHT TO TUMBLE AND ROLL WITH THE CURRENT. YOU WANT TO JUST BE ABLE TO CAST IT OUT THERE AND LET IT SIT. YOU’VE GOT A PIECE OF TUBE, THAT’S JUST SURGICAL TUBING THERE TO PROTECT YOUR KNOT. THAT BIG OLE BARREL SWIVEL AND THAT GOES RIGHT TO YOUR SNELL, AND YOU SEE HOW SHORT THAT SNELL IS. THAT’S JUST BECAUSE OF THE RIVER CURRENT THESE FISH ARE GONNA BE RIGHT ON THE BOTTOM. AND THERE’S THAT CIRCLE HOOK THAT PROTECTS SO MANY OF THESE BIG FISH. THE MORTALITY IS SO LOW WHEN YOU USE A CIRCLE HOOK.>>AND WE’RE FISHING. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>FISH ON!>>ALL RIGHT. HOW’S HE FEEL? IS THIS ONE GONNA BE IN YOUR WAY?>>NOPE, YOU’LL BE FINE.>>ALL RIGHT.>>IT LOOKS GOOD.>>OH, YEAH. LOOK AT THAT.>>IT’S ROLLING PRETTY HARD.>>ALL RIGHT. WHEN HE CAME UP BACK THERE HE LOOKED LIKE A GOOD FISH.>>BIG ONES TYPICALLY SURFACE MORE THAN LITTLE ONES BEHIND THE BOAT. I HAVE NO REASONS WHY THEY DO IT, BUT FOR WHATEVER REASON IF YOU GET ONE TO SURFACE REAL QUICK ON THE HOOKSET. IT’S TYPICALLY A BIGGER FISH.>>WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS IS THE SMALL FISH CAN SOMETIMES FIGHT JUST AS HARD AS THE BIG FISH. THERE. (GRUNTING)GOT HIM. ALL RIGHT. ALL RIGHT.>>GREAT JOB.>>NICE KITTY.>>HE’S OUT OF THE BOAT >>THEY’RE KIND OF TRICKY TO GRAB ON TO. THE BEST WAY I’VE FOUND TO GRAB THEM IS TO GRAB THEM ON THIS BONE RIGHT BETWEEN THEIR – WHERE THEIR GILLS MEET. YOUR HANDS AREN’T UP IN THEIR GILLS BUT THEY’RE – YOU CAN’T REALLY LIP LIKE A FLATHEAD. LOOK AT THIS.>>THERE YA GO.>>RIGHT THERE. ALL RIGHT.>>OH, YEAH! THAT’S A GOOD ONE.>>YEAH, THAT’S A GREAT START. BEAUTIFUL LOOKING FISH AND RIGHT ON THE CORNER OF THE MOUTH. THAT’S WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HERE WITH THESE CIRCLE HOOKS.>>AND HE WAS NOT COMING OFF. WHOO! THERE.>>THERE. ALL RIGHT. GREAT FISH. DON’T YOU JUST LOVE THE CHARACTER ON THESE BAD BOYS. YOU JUST SEE ON THE TOP OF THE HEAD THERE’S JUST SCUFF MARKS. FISH HAS BEEN JUST RUNNING UP AND DOWN THIS RIVER FOR WHO KNOWS HOW LONG, BUT COOL FISH. GET THAT FISH IN THE WATER.>>YOU GOT A BIT, JASON. FISH ON. FISH ON.>>ALL RIGHT. BACK TO THE ROD. OKAY, OH, YEAH, LOOK AT THAT. WHOO. OH, ISN’T THAT WONDERFUL? THAT’S THE THING IS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE DISCOVERING THAT THESE FISH WILL JUST WEAR YOU OUT. WHEN YOU START CATCHING FISH OF THAT SIZE THAT FIGHT THIS HARD, PRETTY INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE. THESE FISH JUST GO. A LOT OF PEOPLE COMPARE THESE FISH, OH, THIS IS A BIG FISH, BRAD. HOLY COW, BIG FISH. A LOT OF PEOPLE COMPARE THESE FISH TO HOOKING ON TO A SMALL CAR. (LAUGHS)>>I BELIEVE THE LAST TIME YOU VISITED ME YOU DUBBED IT A VOLKSWAGEN.>>YES.>>THAT’S A GOOD ONE.>>THAT IS. THIS IS A BIG BOY HERE. LOOK AT HIM. IT’S A BIG FISH. I CAN HARDLY BUDGE HIM.>>THAT’S A BIG FISH.>>IT IS. WOW, YEAH. THIS IS A BIG ONE.>>HE’S JUST MAKING YOU TOW HIM IN TOO, ISN’T HE? (LAUGHS)>>YEAH, YOU ALMOST NEED A WINCH. LOOK HOW MUCH WATER THAT FISH IS MOVING. I’LL TELL YOU WHAT, THERE’S A LOT OF PLACES IN THE COUNTRY WHERE YOU’LL NEVER SEE A CATFISH THAT BIG.>>I GENERALLY GET PEOPLE IN HERE FROM 15 STATES FOR THIS EXPERIENCE. AND THIS IS THE DESTINATION, USUALLY NOT A SIDE – NOT A SIDE TRIP OF SOMETHING ELSE.>>YEAH.>>IT’S THE DESTINATION.>>NO, THIS IS A BUCKET LIST. OH, HO HO.>>IF THAT’S NOT 20, IT’S AWFUL CLOSE.>>YEAH. COME ON UP.>>IS HE COMING?>>BOY, I JUST LOVE IT WHEN THESE BIG FISH, WHEN THEY SWIM UP CURRENT THE AMOUNT OF POWER THESE HAVE, THEY’RE JUST INCREDIBLE.>>ALL RIGHT, FISHY.>>COME ON. OH, MY. WOW. LOOK AT THAT. OH, MY GOODNESS, BRAD. LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THIS FISH. I’M GONNA SEE IF I CAN UNHOOK HIM HERE RIGHT IN THE NET. LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE BELLY. WOW, LOOK AT THE – JUST THE SIZE OF THE HEAD ON THIS THING ALONE. LOOK AT THAT. OH, HO HO. (LAUGHING)>>WOW.>>THAT’S A 20 POUNDER.>>THAT IS A BIG CAT. LOOK AT THE BELLY ON IT, THE BIG OLE HEAD. OH, MY GOODNESS. OH, LET’S GET THIS FISH IN THE WATER. WHOA, WHOA. WHOO! I’M ALL SLIMED UP. I’M COVERED IN CATFISH SLIME. THAT’S AS GOOD AS IT GETS, HUH? WOW.>>WELCOME TO THE RED. (LAUGHING)>>THAT IS AWESOME. INCREDIBLE FISHING EXPERIENCE.>>HERE WE GO.>>HERE WE GO. HERE WE GO. TAKE HIM.>>FISH ON.>>COOL. OH, HO HO.>>OH, YEAH! NOW THAT’S A HIT.>>THAT WAS.>>AND THAT’S A GOOD FISH.>>THAT WAS COOL.>>IT SHOULD STAY RIGHT OUT OF THAT LIGHT.>>BOY, THAT WAS AN INCREDIBLE STRIKE.>>YEAH, I THINK IT’S A PRETTY GOOD FISH TOO.>>LOOK AT THAT.>>I CAN FEEL HIM DIGGING ON THE BOTTOM. (CHUCKLING)>>OH, THAT’S AWESOME. LOOK AT THAT, LOOK AT THAT.>>WHOO! (LAUGHS)>>OH, MY. OH, MY.>>I TOLD YOU IT WAS GOOD.>>YEAH. LET’S GET THE PLIERS OUT HERE.>>CATFISH ARE AN APEX PREDATOR. THEY’RE AN OPPORTUNISTIC FEEDER. THEY’LL SIT BEHIND A SNAG PILE AND WAIT FOR A DINNER TO COME BY NO MATTER WHAT IT IS IF IT’S EASY TO GET. BUT WHEN THEY WANT TO HUNT, THEY HUNT. THEY’LL SURFACE FEED, THEY’LL BOTTOM FEED, THEY’LL HUNT THINGS DOWN. THEY’RE NOT A SLOW FISH AT ALL. THEY’RE A HUNTER AND A PREDATOR.>>FISH ON. FISH ON.>>OH, YEAH, ANOTHER FISH. WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS.>>THAT’S HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE.>>THAT’S A GREAT FISH RIGHT THERE.>>ALL RIGHT, BUDDY. THANKS FOR STOPPING. HE’S MAD. BYE! (LAUGHING)>>OH, MY.>>COME ON UP HERE. AHHH! THERE WE GO. THANK YOU.>>GOT IN THE NET.>>YOU KNOW IT’S GOOD FISHING WHEN YOU’VE GOT WATER SPLASHED ALL OVER YOU, YOUR SHIRT IS COVERED IN SLIME AND…>>YEAH, JUST A CROAKING AWAY. JUST AN AMAZING PREDATOR, TOO. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE DON’T, I DON’T THINK, I THINK PEOPLE UNDERESTIMATE HOW GOOD OF A PREDATOR THESE FISH CAN BE.>>LIKE THAT?>>A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THE RED RIVER IS A DIRTY RIVER, BUT FROM A POLLUTION STANDPOINT IT’S A VERY CLEAN RIVER. BUT WHAT IT IS IS ITS GOT A HIGH SEDIMENT LOAD SO YOU CAN’T SEE VERY FAR INTO THE WATER, BUT BOY, IT’S A, IT’S A VERY HEALTHY ECOSYSTEM THAT GROWS REALLY BIG FISH. LOT’S OF SUCKERS, THERE’S GOLDEYES, THERE’S SHINERS. THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS FOR THESE FISH TO EAT AND THEY GET BIG IN THIS RIVER. WELL, LET’S GET BAITED UP. THAT WAS COOL. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>CATFISH HAVE AN INCREDIBLE SENSE OF SMELL. THEY CAN TASTE WITH PRACTICALLY THEIR ENTIRE BODY. AND SO THE STRATEGY OF THESE CATS IS YOU’RE JUST GETTING UPSTREAM OF WHERE YOU EXPECT THEM TO BE LAYING AND YOU JUST GET YOUR BAITS OUT, AND ESPECIALLY THIS CUT BAIT. YOU’RE USING FRESH BAIT ALL THE TIME, THAT SCENT BLOWS DOWN THROUGH THE WHOLE BOWL SLUICE WHERE THEY’RE LAYING AND THEN THEY JUST COME UP AND EAT. USUALLY WHEN THEY’RE ON IT DOESN’T TAKE THEM VERY LONG TO FIND THE BAIT. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>ALL RIGHT.>>THAT’S A GOOD ONE. THAT’S A GOOD ONE.>>WHOA. (LAUGHS)>>TOLD YOU THERE WAS ONE OVER THERE. (LAUGHS) (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>BOY, I CAN HARDLY EVEN BUDGE HIM. LOOK AT HOW FAST THIS FISH IS SWIMMING UPSTREAM. NOW THE REAL WORK BEGINS. THE FISH SWAM RIGHT TO ME. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>I CAN HARDLY EVEN LIFT HIM COME ON UP. YOU NEED ONE OF THE SALTWATER BELTS TO PUT IN YOUR GUT. (LAUGHS) A RESPECTABLE ONE. YOU KNOW, THAT’S THE THING IS IN THIS RIVER CURRENT THESE, THEY ALL FIGHT AND THEY ALL DUKE IT OUT. THERE WE GO. AWESOME, NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. THERE, ANOTHER GREAT CATFISH RIGHT THERE. YOU SEE THEM, THEM BARBELS. JUST AN INTIMIDATING-LOOKING PREDATOR RIGHT THERE.>>FISH ON!>>GOT ANOTHER ONE?>>OHH.>>OHH, HE GOT OFF?>>FISH OFF. ALL RIGHT. NOW, THEY’RE IN HERE. THEY SEEM TO LIKE THIS SEAM.>>THEY’RE RUNNING THAT OUTER EDGE OF THE FAST WATER, AT LEAST THAT’S WHERE EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE COMING. WHEN THEY’RE HITTING IT, THEY MEAN IT.>>THAT’S AMAZING ME, THAT – YOU KNOW, AND IT’S FUNNY, YOU KNOW, THESE FISH, THEY’LL TASTE IT A LONG TIME SOMETIMES. YOU’LL JUST FEEL IT, YOU KNOW, YOU’LL JUST SEE THAT ROD TIP JUST BOUNCE WHEN THEY’RE JUST NIBBLING ON IT. OKAY, AND AS SOON AS YOU TURN YOUR HEAD AWAY, WHAM! I MEAN, IT JUST – THAT ROD TIP IS ALMOST SOMETIMES TOUCHING THE WATER. I MEAN, IT’S JUST AMAZING HOW HARD THESE FISH HIT.>>IT TURNS OUT THEY’RE A LOT LIKE CATS. THEY PLAY WITH THEIR FOOD BEFORE THEY EAT IT. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>THE RED RIVER IS SUCH A SPECIAL PLACE. THERE’S ALWAYS BEEN A SELECT FEW SPORTSMEN WHO HAVE CALLED IT HOME, BUT IT’S JUST NOW IN THE PAST FIVE YEAR BEEN GAINING THE NOTORIETY AS A SPORTSMAN’S PARADISE FOR CATFISH AND THE CHANNEL CATFISH IS BY FAR THE MOST KNOWN FISH HERE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)>>OKAY, YEAH.>>BOY, THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG.>>OHHH, MY, MY, MY. IF THIS IS THREE POUNDS I’M GONNA BE EMBARRASSED. I’M OFTEN ASKED WHY OUR FISH ARE SO GOOD HERE, SO BIG, AND THERE’S A LOT OF DIFFERENT REASONS. FIRST OFF, WE HAVE VERY GOOD SLOT LIMITS AND REGULATIONS WHICH, OBVIOUSLY ANYTHING OVER 24, OR ONE OVER 24 INCHES IS ALLOWED TO BE KEPT. SO A LOT OF THESE BIG TROPHY FISH ARE BEING SENT BACK TO BE RECYCLED. THESE CHANNEL CATS WIN THE REAL ESTATE BATTLES. WE DON’T HAVE FLATHEADS OR BLUE CATS WHICH ARE THE TWO BIGGER CATFISH IN THE UNITED STATES. SO, WHERE THE CHANNEL CAT IS USUALLY THE THIRD BIGGEST FISH, HE IS NOT THE BIG FISH SO HE’S WINNING THOSE REAL ESTATE BATTLES GETTING THE BEST RESTING AND FEEDING AREAS. THE LONG WINTERS MAKE FOR A SLOW GROWING SEASON WHICH SOME THINK IS WEIRD, BUT I’M CONVINCED THAT THERE IS A METABOLIC LIFE IN A CATFISH. SOUTHERN CATFISH IN WARM WEATHER, THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH FEEDING AND KEEPING THEMSELVES GROWING AND JUST LIVING MORE THAN THE CATFISH UP HERE DO.>>YEAH, THESE FISH UP HERE MAY LIVE LONGER. YOU KNOW, THAT’S A THING, YOU KNOW. THESE FISH MIGHT BE 20 YEARS OLD OR OLDER.>>AND WE ALSO HAVE AMPLE BAIT AND LOTS OF FOOD FOR THESE FISH TO EAT. SO, THEY PRETTY HAVE THE BEST OF EVERYTHING. THEY HAVE RESTING, THEY HAVE EATING, THEY HAVE LONG LIFE SPANS. AND FRANKY, THERE’S A LOT OF UNTOUCHED RIVER OUT HERE THAT WE’VE NEVER SEEN. SO, THEY JUST, THEY JUST HAVE GOOD LIVES OUT HERE. THEY ARE JUST, YOU KNOW, THEY’VE BEEN POPULAR FOR DECADES, BUT THEY’RE JUST NOW BEING DISCOVERED.>>I’LL SNEAK IN HERE WITH THE NET HERE. THERE WE GO. OH, COME ON IN HERE.>>THERE, GO GET THAT OTHER ONE.>>THERE WE GO. ALL RIGHT, WHAT A WAY TO END THE NIGHT. OH, WOW. WHOA, MY… LOOK AT THAT. I CAN HARDLY HANG ON. LOOK AT THAT. UNBELIEVABLE. OH, MY GOODNESS. LOOK AT HOW HARD THIS FISH IS GOING. I STILL CAN’T BUDGE IT. OH, THIS IS THE WAY TO END HER HERE. THE SUN’S GOING DOWN AND I’VE GOT A FISH ON THAT I CAN HARDLY MOVE. LOOK AT THAT. YOU CAN JUST HEAR THE GUIDES CREAKING. UNBELIEVABLE. LOOK AT THAT. I’M CHARGING THE HILL HERE NOW. THE FISH IS WAKING UP NOW.>>OH, YEAH. ANOTHER GIANT. YOU KNOW IT’S GOOD WHEN YOU CAN HEAR THE REEL SEAT CREAKING ON THE ROD. HEAR THAT LINE HUMMING AS THE FISH IS RUNNING UP RIVER. JUST THE POWER OF THESE FISH HAVE IS JUST INCREDIBLE.>>AS YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED, I’M TOUGH ON GEAR.>>YEAH. THIS IS JUST COMBAT. I CAN’T EVEN LIFT IT. COME ON. WOW, UNBELIEVABLE. JUST TRYING TO WEAR IT OUT. DEFINITELY AN OPPORTUNITY IF YOU EVER GET A CHANCE AND I THINK SOME PEOPLE ARE INTIMIDATED BY THE RIVER. I THINK SOME PEOPLE THINK — THEY LOOK AT THE RIVER AND THEY SEE THE TURBIDITY OF IT, THEY SEE THE BROWN COLOR IS LIKE CHOCOLATE MILK AND THEY MIGHT NOT REALIZE THE FISHING OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE OUT HERE. BUT IT’S DEFINITELY SOMETHING TO DO. EVEN, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN EVEN SHORE FISH. AND I’VE SEEN PEOPLE CATCH HUGE CATFISH FROM THE SHORE. SO IT’S DEFINITELY SOMETHING TO DO, DEFINITELY, DEFINITELY SOMETHING TO TRY AND EXPERIENCE. I DON’T KNOW HOW ANYBODY CANNOT ENJOY THIS RIGHT HERE, A FISH THAT CAN BEAT YOU. WE’VE CAUGHT SOME BIG FISH TODAY, YOU KNOW IT?>>I’M JUST SO LUCKY TO LIVE HERE.>>OH, YEAH. WE ARE. WE’RE LUCKY. THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. OH, MY. OH, MY! OH, HA HA! WOW, OH! UNBELIEVABLE. AND THAT WAS THE HARDEST FIGHT OF THE DAY, THAT’S FOR SURE. LOOK AT THAT! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE WAY TO END AN INCREDIBLE DAY. I’D LIKE TO THANK YOU, BRAD. COVERED IN SLIME, BLACK AND BLUE. THE RED RIVER EXPERIENCE RIGHT THERE. AWESOME!>>THE RED RIVER IS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE WHERE THOSE OF US WHO GET TO FISH IT ARE VERY LUCKY THAT WE GET TO LIVE HERE AND EXPERIENCE THIS. I’M LUCKIER THAN MOST BECAUSE I GET TO EXPERIENCE IT EVERY DAY AND SHARE IT WITH OTHER PEOPLE.>>YOU KNOW, I DARE SAY IT’S UNDER APPRECIATED. NOT HARDLY ANYBODY OUT HERE EVER DOING THIS. AND, YOU KNOW, JUST DEFINITELY SOMETHING TO TRY. IF YOU EVER HAVE ANY DESIRE TO DO THIS, GIVE BRAD A CALL. EXCELLENT GUIDE ON THE RED RIVER HERE. HE’S DIALED IN, HE CAN PUT YOU ON THE FISH EASY AND HE’S GOT THE PATTERNS FIGURED OUT. AND JUST GET OUT AND DO IT. I MEAN, IT’S, IT’S DEFINITELY, DEFINITELY SOMETHING. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THEIR BUCKET LIST WITH FISHING. DEFINITELY SOMETHING TO PUT ON THE LIST, FOR SURE. THANK YOU.>>THANKS FOR COMING. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)

16 thoughts on “Trophy Red River Catfish

  1. The wife and I have booked trips with Brad in the spring and fall for the last three seasons. We've never been disappointed and yes we are planning to make it four in a row this spring/fall. Great video guys!

  2. Where would I find those teardrop scent holders? I have looked online and cannot find a place that carries them. Thanks!

  3. Love the video. Quick question. Been fishing the Red south of Grand Forks for 12 years, but now I'm moving to Fargo. Is there public access fishing nearby? I do not have a boat and am unsure on the rules for the town. Any info is appreciated. Great video, had to like as well.

  4. Very nice cats, you guys ever try Lockport MB channel cats?

  5. Caught the state record over 20 years ago. Caught some nice ones there last weekend

  6. You need to come up to Lockport there, those catfish were tiny compared to the ones we get out here, when your using fresh chopped up goldeye, your catching anywhere from 5-10 35+ an hour with a buddy about 500m from the locks

  7. I fish the red river everyday. Was even out there today.. except I'm an hr north of u guys in grand forks.. pulled a 26 pounder out there this year.. happy fishing u guys

  8. all u need is nightcrawlers i catch catfish like on first cast im in ND as well trust me

  9. Awesome video and content huge catfish those are fun to catch. Just sub to you showing some support. Check me out if you get the chance thank you and stay blessed

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